Newcastle United to go ‘purple’

Managing Director of Newcastle United Derek Llambias has admitted that Newcastle will cut their cloth accordingly regarding the transfer market, especially when it comes to high wage earners.

Llambias said that the Magpies currently have 11 of what he calls ‘purple’ players. These are players who are regulars in the starting line-up.

The aim is to ensure these are elite performers while those players below are signed for the lowest price possible.

There had been questions raised over whether Newcastle had enough central defensive cover earlier this season but the director insisted that despite injuries to both Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, the club’s transfer policy worked.

The aim is to have a squad with players who are versatile and able to fill more than one position which both James Perch and Mike Williamson having  illustrated this so efficiently in recent times.

The Magpies managing director pointed to performances of such players as crucial to the club’s development as the North East outfit can only afford to buy one star per position.

“You can’t have two purples per position because the club can’t afford it. You have to be realistic,” Llambias told the Journal.

While the supporters are happy to see a prudent approach to the buying, a refreshing change from past endeavours, many are hoping the club delve into the January transfer market .

Whether the board decide to try and unearth another hidden gem remains to be seen, but what is clear is that Llambias sees a functioning business model being implemented, according to plan, and there is no intention to change that pattern any time soon.